From smells back to taste again

As John Lanchester notes in that New Yorker piece from yesterday, most of the time when we say we taste something, we’re actually smelling it. I did sample Celine Dion’s perfume once, in a blind testing against Kylie’s fragrance, in a small Scottish border town that my wife and I had to leave in great haste, after being hounded by an overzealous Man of God. It was easy enough to tell the two perfumes apart: Celine’s was somewhat overpowering, while Kylie’s was diminutive, with a hint of eucalyptus.

All of which is a hopelessly irrelevant way of saying that we have some more coverage for Carl Wilson’s book about Celine.

1. An interview with Carl in the Onion’s AV Club.

2. A piece on book by Dave Stelfox, at the Guardian’s music blog.


4 thoughts on “From smells back to taste again”

  1. You’re right and it’s so true about Wine. It’s mostly smell rather than taste with wine it totally makes sense. Most of the time wine tastes better when I’m sick as I’ve experienced when I have a cold the wine doesn’t taste as good as it does when I’m alive and feeling great!Great blog btw! Keep up the great work!

  2. Please consider making the 33-1/3 books available for the Amazon Kindle!!! I have read a few of them and enjoyed them but would LOVE to be able to enjoy them on my Kindle. Thanks!DT Holt

  3. Celine Dion’s perfume: Intriguing. Ok so boom-feel this- we taste, touch, smell, feel, and see. Obviously in those connections certain senses~~(steph says hiiii)~~ have closer bond than others. But its not suprising that smell is often confused for taste. Think 3rd grade…dinner table…some things mom made tasted great when she got me to try them, but the look, and the smell were kinda wild. Holla at

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